Etage Projects (DK)

Etage Projects is a Copenhagen-based art and design gallery specialising in a cross-aesthetic method. Actively questioning and pushing the lines between art and design, abstraction and function, Etage Projects works with creatives who form their praxis in-between established notions of contemporary art and design, thereby seeking to extend and to enrich the field of collective and interdisciplinary culture. The gallery was founded in 2013 and has grown to become an influential, ambitious platform, customary to leading international fairs, exhibition venues, magazines and publications. Etage Projects has among others exhibited at Design Miami, Design Miami/Basel, Chart Art Fair, NOMAD Monaco, NOMAD St. Moritz and Salon Art + Design, New York.

Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2023 Etage Projects will present a group exhibition of works by Karl Monies (DK), Soft Baroque (UK), Minjae Kim (KR) and FOS (DK). A series of prints and frames has been created in a collaboration between artist FOS (Thomas Poulsen) and designers Soft Baroque (Nicholas Gardner and Saša Štucin). Each print has its own frame designed uniquely to the specific print focusing on how artist collaborations can enhance the productivity and creativity of making.

Karl Monies, 'CCCXXIII', 2022

FOS, 'Kanalbyen Bench', 2023

Soft Baroque, 'Carved Aluminium table', 2022

FOS (DK)

Danish artist FOS has the unique ability to make the complicated understandable through his unparalleled course of design, while challenging himself, the audience and the art world. FOS’ total installations — which he refers to as Social Design — embrace poetry and humour, while at the same time assuming a critical tone. The installations achieve maximum impact only by virtue of the audience and the activities they reflect on the work.

FOS, born Thomas Poulsen (b. 1971, Copenhagen; DK), lives and works in Copenhagen (DK). FOS graduated in 1999 with an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen (DK). Recent exhibitions include: Etage Projects, Copenhagen (DK); Le Bicolore, Paris (FR); Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen (DK); ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, London (UK); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (DK); Camden Arts Centre, London (UK).

Kanalbyen Bench

Glazed concrete
2023

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Bronze Screen

Bronze
2023

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Collage 2

Aluminium, papir, gold leaf, glass
2022

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Karl Monies (DK)

Karl Monies is particularly known for his series of decorative lidded containers, jars, and pots adorned externally by multi-coloured climbing rope and finished with oversized cork lids. A trained painter and part-time fine jewellery designer, Monies is somewhat of a stranger to utilitarian design objects, which he approaches with the naïveté of an amateur, a humble student. His on-going series of ceramic containers embrace design thinking only to interrogate it and undermine it from within, resulting in a line of aesthetically compelling, esoterically symbolic, and deeply humane objects that seem both ancient and hyper-contemporary, silly and sublime.

Karl Monies (b. 1984; DK) lives and works in Copenhagen (DK). Recent exhibitions include: Etage Projects, Copenhagen (DK); Gl. Holtegaard, Holte (DK); Barbican Arts Trust, London (UK)

CCCXXIV

Lazed ceramic, cork, rope
2022

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'CCCXXIII' and 'CCCI'

Glazed ceramic, cork, rope
2022

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Soft Baroque (UK)

Soft Baroque focuses on creating work with conflicting functions and imagery, without abandoning beauty or consumer logic, blurring the boundaries between acceptable furniture typologies and conceptual representative objects. The refined and simplified forms of their works reflect principles of mid-century design, while at the same time veering towards conceptual territory by evoking the malleability of how objects are seen and mediated today. Processed materials manufactured for the domestic interiors are manipulated to unconventional ends.

Soft Baroque consists of Nicholas Gardner (b. 1988; AU) and Saša Štucin (b. 1984; SI) who both live and work in London (UK). Recent exhibitions include: Etage Projects, Copenhagen (DK); Friedman Benda, New York City (US); Palazzo Monti, Brescia (IT); Fisher Parrish Gallery, New York City (US).

Stealth Plinth

Sahara noir
2021

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Carved Aluminium table

Anodised aluminium and hardware
2022

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Carved Aluminium Armchair

Anodised aluminium and hardware
2019

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